Scholarships for Students seeking a Bachelor's Degree

Alvernia University offers a limited number of international scholarships to qualified undergraduate degree-seeking students. Interested students must complete a separate scholarship application in addition to an application for admission.

Please Note: Alvernia does not offer scholarships for Graduate Students seeking Master's or PhD degrees. 

All undergraduate students who wish to study at Alvernia University must complete an online Alvernia admission application, which can be done by clicking here.

After being admitted to the university, undergraduate international students may apply for this scholarship opportunity, which consists of several levels of support ranging from $10,000 to $22,000 per year as a merit award. These scholarships are offered to both freshman international students and those transferring from another college or university located outside the United States.


Accessing the Scholarship Application


The application is a form that the applicant must complete and submit to our Admissions Office in order to apply for a scholarship. Please email to obtain this application after you are admitted to Alvernia.


Eligibility Requirements


Alvernia University offers scholarships to each admitted international freshman and transfer student wishing to earn an undergraduate degree as a traditional day student at our main Reading campus.

These merit scholarships are renewable for four years (up to eight semesters), all in the same amount. Scholarships cannot be combined with any other award, including a government scholarship, therefore an applicant cannot apply for an Alvernia International Scholarship if they are already receiving another financial award.

Other requirements:


Completing the Application


Submit each of the following documents to Alvernia's International Admissions by the May 1 application deadline:

  • International Scholarship application. Email for the application once you have been admitted to Alvernia University.
  • Statement of proposed study. This should be a separate document, in which the student applicant explains (in 300 words or less) why Alvernia University should provide them with a scholarship and how their academic and personal goals will contribute to our campus community.
  • Unofficial Grade Report. The student must submit all grades from all previous schools attended.
  • One Letter of Recommendation. This letter must be submitted with the scholarship application packet before the deadline.


Scholarship Options


Alvernia scholarships available to qualified international applicants include:

  • International Honor Scholarship is $22,000 per year for the top performing student completing their previous studies with recognized achievements. Apply now here.
  • Global Ambassador Scholarship grants $15,000 per year to qualified international students who exhibit leadership potential and a desire to serve as a cultural ambassador in the United States. Apply now here.
  • International Envoy Scholarship provides a $10,000 scholarship per year for achieving students. Apply now here.
  • Catholic School Scholarship awards $1,000 to first-time, full-time freshmen graduating from a Catholic high school. It can be combined with other awards as well as incorporated into financial aid packages and will be automatically applied to eligible students' applications. 


The Selection Process will begin after the May 1 scholarship application deadline. During this time, the International Scholarship Committee will review all applications submitted. At least three members of the committee will independently review each application. Alvernia University notify applicants of the outcome at the conclusion of the process.


To continue your scholarship during your studies, you must enroll each semester as a full-time student, which is minimum of 12 credits, and maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5 or higher.


Outside Scholarship Opportunities


Alvernia University does not have full tuition scholarship opportunities for international students. While students cannot combine other scholarships to Alvernia awards, international students are highly encouraged to apply for outside scholarship options. Here are some suggested sites:


International Educational Financial Aid

Next Global Scholar Program


Cost of Attendance


Tuition and fees: $38,230

 Living Expenses/Room & Board: $13,280

Books/Personal/Other Expenses: $4,000

Total: $55,510**

**Above numbers may change slightly based on the applicant’s room and board selection and according to the spending habits, as personal spending will vary from student to student.

When the applicant receives an international scholarship, they should deduct that scholarship amount from the yearly tuition cost.




International students with questions should contact Alvernia's International Admissions Office by email at or call Director of International Recruitment Sibel Ahi directly at 610-568-1473.

International Students